Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Stop Press - Not to be missed Felting Workshop

We were alerted by a comment left on the last post by textile artist Glenys Mann to an exciting Fibre Arts event being held at the Monastery at New Norcia from 15th to 22nd April this year.

There are a range of courses being held but most tempting is a 5 day workshop with talented  super felter Phillipa Rooke.

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Phillipa has been making felt now for about 25 years, and currently teaches felting students pretty much full time for most of the year, and is passionate about the quality of felt in Australia. She established a felting group in Brisbane where she lives, and organised the 6th Southern Hemisphere Feltmaking Convergence in Queensland in 2001. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and Europe, and is in several private collections. Her main area of interest is fine felts.

Phillipa's workshop is titled  "Felted Fibres and Fabrics – The Textured Surface" and participants will be combining fine wool fibre with a range of fabrics to create a new textile fabric which is fine, and which displays subtle and interesting surface variations. 

The textiles created may then be combined to form a garment or hanging, which will then be embellished with stitch. 

This workshop is suitable for those who have been felting for a while and wish to expand their surface design possibilities and to look at new construction methods for their work.

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Phillipa's work is stunning as you can see so this is wonderful opportunity of immersing yourself with her in the amazing atmosphere of New Norcia's Monastery.

For full information go to the Fibre Arts website by clicking here.  Places are limited so be quick.

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